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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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In the spring of 1952 a summary was made of conditions on the Rappahannock River oyster grounds.for the previous five Five more years have passed but little change is noted in this river. The exceptionally heavy set above Towles Point in 1954 and an apparent decline in setting below the Point are the chief deviations from the patterns described in 1952. A severe loss of oysters in the Rappahannock from hurricanes in August 1955 accentuated a scarcity which appears to be general on the Atlantic Coast. A period of unfavorable weather in the form of hurricanes and high temperatures has caused or intensified this scarcity. Prices have continued to rise, consequently, and probably effort to catch oysters has been increased.


Oysters -- Virginia -- Rappahannock Rive